A unique group of trees rooted in salted water that need special attention. Whether it is a younger or an older tree, each holds sway in harsh weather conditions. The mangrove ecosystem provides a nurturing home for many other species, just like any other mama that I know. Inspired by the tropical mangroves in Singapore, Mamagrove brings sanctuary to the powerful yet vulnerable motherhood - in the comfort of your home.
I am Marloes, and this handsome little boy is Olli.
Originally from the Netherlands, I lived in many countries before moving to Singapore in 2014. Passionate about creative marketing, I truly enjoyed my role as a brand manager in which I guided multiple companies in their rebranding and marketing journeys.
Until my world turned upside down when Olli was born in 2018.
I managed to tick off all the boxes on the list of postnatal problems, and we went to the hospital uncountable times. Think of cracked nipples, thrush, latching challenges, urinary tract infections, engorgement, mastitis and a giant milk cyst with the MRSA bacteria - I had it all.
We visited multiple specialists for my breastfeeding issues. From lactation consultants that massaged my breasts with their knuckles (horrible!) to a breast surgeon and an infectious specialist who told me I was his first failure. It was so frustrating and tiresome that no one could help us in one go.
After two months of boxing through the pain, the doctors forced the warrior in me to surrender. From one moment to another, I had to stop breastfeeding. Days of super engorged breasts trapped in a tight sports bra followed until all milk eventually subsided.
Thankfully, I met a lactation masseuse along the way, who relieved my engorgement, pain and emotions. She would massage my breasts daily and give Reiki until my breastmilk was left in peace. Her techniques were gentle, careful and warm-hearted.
My unique experience brought us close to each other. I decided to follow in her footsteps and support all mamas in their breastfeeding journeys and, more importantly, protect them from similar trauma.
I believe that breastfeeding can be successful when the right caring persons surround us. As a certified Lactation Masseuse, ITEC Holistic Massage Therapist, Orthomolecular Nutritionist, USUI Reiki Practitioner, and soon to be IBCLC Lactation Consultant, I can tackle breastfeeding challenges from multiple angles in one go.
You can approach me anytime for questions you may have or to book a Pre- or Postnatal session.
I am looking forward to helping you where I can.
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